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UPDATE: Brother Rescues Young Sibling from Fatal West Allis Fire

UPDATED Monday, March 18, 2013 --- 10:15 a.m.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities and family members say a 13-year-old boy rescued his 4-year-old brother from a burning duplex in West Allis where another brother and a friend died in the fire.

The three brothers and the friend were in the upper apartment of the duplex when the fire started early Sunday. The 13-year-old and his 4-year-old brother made it out. The other two did not.

Pavielle Gonzales is a cousin of the three brothers and lives nearby. She says she saw flames coming from the duplex and went to the scene. Gonzales says her 13-year-old cousin, Joel Gonzales, tried to go back into the burning duplex to get the others after he rescued the 4-year-old, but the flames were too much.

The Journal Sentinel says the brothers who escaped the fire are recovering at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Sunday, March 17, 2013 --- 8:09 p.m.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Two boys have died in a duplex fire in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports three brothers and a friend were alone in the upper level of the duplex when it caught fire early Sunday. Two of the brothers survived, while one brother and a friend did not.

The boys who escaped were taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa but did not appear to be seriously hurt.

Police say the fire was reported shortly after 3:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities have not released the names of the victims.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013 --- 1:44 p.m.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Officials say two people have died in a duplex fire in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/YAuSmx ) that officials believe the victims were children. Officials say two other minors have been hospitalized.

Police say the fire was reported in the upper level of the duplex shortly after 3:30 a.m.

West Allis Mayor Dan Devine says it's "truly tragic." He says it just makes him want to hug his kids, who are 5 and 8 years old.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Names of the victims have not been released.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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